A brief History of Harrisons

A brief history of Harrisons by Robert Harrison

 1925 – My grandfather, David Harrison Snr, who was born in 1884, started D Harrison Motor Engineers, the business we now know as Harrisons in small premises in Dean Street, Edinburgh.

 1929 – Due to the growth of the now thriving business my grandfather moved to larger premises in Devon Place near Haymarket, where we remained until our move to Peebles.

 1945 – Aged 60 my grandfather passed away leaving my father, David Harrison Jnr to take over the business at only 29 years of age. My father grew the business over the next 25 years adding several new car franchises. These included Jaguar, Daimler, Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley, Land Rover, Rover, Triumph Rootes, Chrysler and Armstrong Siddeley. Thinking back we were probably one of Scotland’s first multi franchise dealers!

 1948 – By now the business represented the entire British Leyland franchise and expanded by adding a new showroom in Haymarket Terrace.

 1973 – Following the completion of my apprenticeship with Rossleigh of Edinburgh I joined my father and we worked together through the tough economic climate of the mid 1970s.

 1976 – Due to the decline of the British Leyland business we decided to enter into an agreement with Ford Motor Company, closed our Edinburgh business and purchased Crossburn Garage in Peebles.

 1988 – We embarked on rebuilding the garage into what you now see when you visit us in Peebles. This allows us to offer a full range of services to our customers. These now include a bright and spacious showroom, Used Car forecourt and state of the art aftersales facilities.

 In 2015 we celebrated our 90th birthday and we look forward to welcoming you to Harrisons for many more years to come.

 Robert "Bob" Harrison


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